Anastasia S. Vinokurova
(Lomonosov Moscow State University , Russia)

Hoysala temples.
A Synthesis of Architecture and Sculpture.

The present article deals with an investigation of complex unity of architecture and sculpture of Hoysala dynasty that ruled most of the modern day state of Karnataka in Southern India between the 11th and the 14th centuries. There is an attempt to describe Vesara architectural typology which served as a basis for the formation of unique stellate temple plans achieving their full development under the Hoysala. Hoysala architecture is a peculiar phenomenon in Indian temple tradition. Having appeared on fertile basis of existing architectural traditions, it assimilated them, subjected to creative interpretation and established its own style line.